Passions of Paradise is a fast 25 metre air-conditioned catamaran, locally owned and operated with more than 25 years experience in running personalised tours to the Great Barrier Reef. Their commitment to research, education and conservation of the World Heritage area has earned them many environmental awards.
The reef adventure begins with a Marine Naturalist providing visitors with extensive information about the Great Barrier Reef. The day continues with visitors getting into the water and exploring the two pristine locations chosen daily by Passions of Paradise. They keep the numbers of passengers to 80 people, this way avoiding the crowds and making it more comfortable for guests to snorkel or dive.
Their first destination, Michaelmas Cay, is the largest uninhabited coral cay in the Cairns region. The cay has a permanent low grassy area (size of 2 football fields) and is home to up to 35 different species of sea birds.
Michaelmas Cay is one of the best destinations to try snorkelling because the large cay protects the waters around it and the sloping beach provides visitors with an easy and gentle entry into the calm water. Ideal for kids or first time snorkellers.
In the afternoon Passions of Paradise goes on a short cruise and takes passengers to Paradise Reef which is located on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
The day includes snorkelling equipment, a hot and cold buffet lunch freshly prepared by the onboard chef, guided snorkelling tour by a friendly trained staff and Marine Biologist presentation.
Extra activities include:
|07:30-08:20||Check-in at the Passions of Paradise desk inside the Reef Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns|
|08:30||Boat departs Cairns Marina|
|Travel time is 1 hour & 45 minutes direct from Cairns to the reef|
|10:15||Boat arrives at Michaelmas cay|
|Enjoy around 4 hours & 30 minutes exploring two locations at the outer reef|
|15:15||Boat departs the reef|
|17:00||Boat arrives back in Cairns|
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Flying after diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended.This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.
|Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates||Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021||Action|
|Main Tour (Snorkelling)||
$195.00 per adult
$130.00 per child
$559.00 per family
|Additional Extras||Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021|
|Return coach transfer (Cairns City)||$18.00 per adult / $18.00 per child|
|Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches)||$25.00 per adult / $25.00 per child|
|Introductory dive pre-booked (1st dive)||$45.00 per adult / $45.00 per child|
|Certified dive pre-booked (1st dive)||$45.00 per adult / $45.00 per child|
Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Family Price: 2 Adults & 2 Children.
Reef Tax: $15.00 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.
Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.
Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.
Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.
Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.